Chapter 4
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Possible Side Effects and Adverse Reactions of SSRI Antidepressants

Flu-like symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset
  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme sweating

Other side effects:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Weight changes


The caregivers of children taking SSRIs should monitor them for depression that is getting worse and thoughts about suicide. The caregiver or medical consenter should immediately talk to the doctor if this happens.